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Darwen grandfather died after deer ran out in front of bike
4:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
THE family of a motorcyclist who died in an accident said they would take comfort as he died ‘doing what he loved’.
Peter Wilson-Mayor, of Darwen, was riding his BMW bike near Ripon on Saturday when it is thought a deer ran out in front of him.
The 60-year-old grandad-of-four was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Wilson-Mayor leaves his widow Glynis, 58, mum Irene, 90, son Scott, 33, and his wife Leanne and younger son Alex, 29, his partner Diane.
He also leaves four grandchildren, Molly and Ben, both nine, Eve, six, and Max, four.
Mrs Wilson-Mayor, who lived with her husband in Bosley Close, said she was lost without him.
She said: “I will miss him so much. But at least he died doing what he loved and one day we can take comfort in that.
“He was very patient and methodical and everybody loved him.
“He was very laid back but since his death we have all realised how much we relied on him. If you didn’t know something, you asked him. He was very intelligent.”
Mrs Wilson-Mayor said her husband loved music and football and was a season ticket-holder at Blackburn Rovers.
But his main passion was his motorbike and he would spend as much time as he could out on the road.
She said: “He enjoyed the freedom and the fact it helped him relax after long days at work. People called him ‘Mr Sat Nav’ because he knew all the roads in Lancashire.”
Mr Wilson-Mayor was born in Darwen and went to Sudell Primary and Knowle County Secondary Modern.
He grew up in Harwood Street and after leaving school became an apprentice at the Cherry Tree Machine Company.
He had various jobs, even trying his hand in the music business with professional pop band Lipstick, but he went back into engineering for a few years before turning his hand to IT.
After son Scott was involved in a serious road accident nine years ago and rescued by the North West Air Ambulance, Mr Wilson-Mayor organised a charity ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise charity cash.
Mrs Wilson-Mayor said she met her late husband while working at Queen’s Park Hospital in 1971.
She said: “I was in the physio department and he kept coming in to pick up his mum. One day, he brought his cup back into the kitchen and asked me out. Our first date was at the Duke of York in Waterside and the Craven Heifer in Darwen.
“I don’t think I had been out of Blackburn before I met Peter!”
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